Specialist National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

These NPQs are for experienced teachers and middle leaders.

For Leadership NPQs (NPQEYL, NPQSL, NPQH and NPQEL) please click HERE

Our next cohort will start in October 2022

To apply


Please register your interest by dropping Amanda Card a short email with your name, the NPQ you are interested in, and your work email. Amanda will then forward the application details to you.

Amanda Card E: npq.pln.admin@lyonshall.org.uk


National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are a national, voluntary suite of qualifications designed to support the professional development of teachers and leaders.

The reformed NPQs offer the best possible support to teachers and leaders wanting to expand their knowledge and skills.

The frameworks continue the robust method of design and development, building on the evidence base and expert guidance already established in the ECF and the ITT Core Content Framework.

The Professional Learning Network (PLN) is delighted to offer the Specialist NPQs in partnership with Ambition Institute, a DfE accredited NPQ provider

PLN has a successful track record of delivering the suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) across Essex and its borders. We are committed to developing outstanding teachers and leaders who can transform schools and ultimately improve educational outcomes for young people.

NPQs have been reformed and the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML) has been replaced with three Specialist NPQs

NPQ Leading Teacher Development: supporting the training and development of others, including early career teachers; NPQ Leading Teachingdeveloping teachers who are subject leads or responsible for improving teaching practice in a subject or phase; NPQ Leading Behaviour and Culture developing teachers and other practitioners who have responsibilities for leading behaviour and culture.


The assessment process has been refreshed to reduce the workload burden on teachers while still providing an opportunity for them to apply their knowledge. To pass an NPQ, teachers will need to engage with at least 90% of the course (exact requirements to be determined by the provider) and complete a final assessment. At the start of their training, providers must provide teachers with a complete list of course elements that will count towards participation metrics and set out how participation in those elements will be measured. The final assessment will take the form of a case study and represent a likely situation to be faced by a teacher at the relevant NPQ qualification level or role. It will teachers on a variety of ‘learn that’ and ‘learn how to’ statements from within the relevant NPQ Content Framework. Teachers will be allowed an eight-day calendar window to provide a written response to the case study in an ‘open book’ setting.

 Fully Funded

Full scholarship funding, with no cost to the participant is available to: all teachers working in a state funded school in England

Eligibility criteria

NPQ in Leading Teacher Development

To apply, you must be a teacher who has, or is aspiring to have, responsibility for leading other educators to develop. You might support all teachers in your school, trainees or those early in their career.

NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture

To apply, you must be a teacher who has, or is aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading behaviour and/or supporting pupil wellbeing in your school.

NPQ in Leading Teaching

To apply, you must be a teacher who has, or is aspiring to have, responsibilities for leading teaching in a subject, year group, key stage or phase.

NPQ in Leading Literacy

To apply, you must be leading, or aspiring to lead, literacy in any phase of education. For example, you might be a head of literacy or literacy coordinator at your school or multi-academy trust.

For further information or to express an interest in these programmes please contact:

Amanda Card

E: npq.pln.admin@lyonshall.org.uk 

T: 01376 552393